Best of Malawi - from bush to beach

Malawi - Bush & Beach

Throughout the year

Enjoy stunning locations - often undiscovered by tourists - where game drives, walking safaris, mountain biking and birding opportunities are almost unique in Africa.

Move on to Lake Malawi's sandy beaches where you will have 4 nights of rest, relaxation and beach activities, including scuba diving, kite surfing and opportunities to explore Likoma Island, home to 19th Century missionaries and an imposing cathedral.

Sample itinerary

Day 1

Upon arrival in Lilongwe or Blantyre you will be met and assisted on flight to Majete Reserve airstrip from where you will be transferred to Mkulumadzi Lodge.

Days 2 & 3

The lodge is in a stunning location – undiscovered by tourists where activities include game drives and walking in mornings and late afternoons with time to relax beside the pool, gaze at the resident bird population and listen to the hippos wallowing in the Shire river

Day 4

Drive through the lush highlands to the Satemwa Tea Estate and Huntingdon House. After lunch explore the area on mountain bikes, hiking or play croquet on the lawn..

Day 5

Take a tea safari around the Estate encompassing both tea and coffee plantations ending with a tea tasting experience.

Day 6

After breakfast take a scenic drive towards the old colonial capital of Zomba with a stop to take in the bustling market, then back towards the Shire Valley to Liwonde National Park for a 3 night stay at Mvuu Lodge.

Days 7 & 8

Game viewing activities include drives in open 4×4 vehicles, walking safaris and wonderful boat safaris on the Shire River.

Day 9

After morning activity catch charter flight to Likoma Island for a 4 night stay at Kaya Mawa.

Days 10, 11 & 12

The island’s sandy beaches and secluded coves have some of the best snorkelling and diving in Malawi.  Other activities include kite surfing, scuba diving, exploring Likoma island home to 19th century missionaries and the imposing St Peter’s cathedral.

Day 13

After breakfast depart Likoma by air to Lilongwe for onward journey.


  • Black rhino in Majete Reserve
  • Tea Estates in the lush valleys of Malawi
  • Old colonial capital of Zomba
  • Rhino tracking in Liwonde
  • Birding on the Shire river
  • Snorkelling & diving in Lake Malawi
  • Culture of Likoma Island

Your Malawi - Bush & Beach experience includes

  • Internal flights and transfers
  • Accommodation (full board, including most drinks)
  • Game drives, walking safaris as described in the itinerary

Price, per person, from £4810

The cost of international flights will be in addition to the price shown above. Please contact us for details.


Mkulumadzi (nights 1, 2 & 3)

Located in the south of Malawi, Majete is an area of 70.000 hectares, part of Africa’s Great Rift Valley.

The reserve is made up of mature miombo woodlands and granite topped hills that contrast with picturesque river valleys and lush riverine forest.

Surrounded by 7,000 hectares of private concession, Mkulumadzi enjoys an idyllic location at the confluence of the Shire and the Mkulumadzi River shaded by giant leadwood trees.

Guests arrive by a footbridge suspended over the Mkulumadzi River. The lodge has a restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining, a lounge and terrace, a bar and shop, swimming pool, viewing deck and a lapa for evening campfires.

The perfect combination of luxury and isolation, Mkulumadzi boasts eight superb chalets set on the banks of the Shire River, shaded by giant leadwood trees and wild mangos. Each chalet has a spacious bedroom and lounge, ensuite bathroom, outdoor shower and private viewing deck where guests can enjoy the sights and sounds of the river.

The bush chalets are luxurious and spacious with contemporary furnishings. They are flooded with natural light, providing the sense of being in the forest without compromising comfort and privacy.

In the outdoor rain shower guests can enjoy the sensation of bathing under a waterfall. The shower is open to the surrounding bush with stone-clad walls for privacy.

Game drives and walking safaris are offered in the mornings and late afternoons, giving guests time to relax beside the pool, gaze at the resident bird population or listen to the hippos wallowing in the river.

Huntingdon House (nights 4 & 5)

Satemwa Tea Estate, Thoylo.

The Thyolo district forms the heart of Malawi’s tea producing region with rolling hills of immaculately cultivated, emerald green plantations and some of the oldest estates in the country.

Huntingdon House represents the soul of the estate and guests are invited to experience the re-birth of this historic property as it enters it’s next glorious era with modern comforts tastefully complementing charming 1920’s pieces.

Huntingdon House was built in the 1920′s and the estate has been in the Cathcart Kay family for generations with members of the family still running the tea and coffee production of the estate.

The grand old colonial style house is surrounded by magnificent gardens and beautiful old trees.

Huntington House is the original family home and the rooms are named in accordance with who used to sleep where.

It is a great place to stop and relax, surrounded by sprawling manicured gardens with secret patios and terraces waiting to be discovered.

Perfect for visitors that enjoy a temperate climate and a diverse scenery which ranges from tropical evergreen forests to riverine thickets and rolling hills.

Mvuu Wilderness Lodge (nights 6, 7 & 8)

Mvuu Lodge is located in Liwonde National Park set in lush vegetation on the banks of a quiet lagoon.

Mvuu means “hippo” in Tonga and the name epitomizes the large numbers of hippo pods that inhabit the Shire River.

Liwonde national park is home to the largest remaining elephant population in Malawi and one of only two breeding nuclei of black rhino reside here.

Mvuu Lodge is one of Malawi’s finest wilderness camps set in lush vegetation on the banks of a quiet lagoon flowing off the Shire river.

The lodge has 8 stunningly designed tents overlooking the water’s edge, constructed from wood, stone and canvas all with ensuite bathrooms.

Mvuu means “hippo” in Tonga and the name epitomizes the large number of hippo pods that inhabit the Shire.

Mvuu Lodge offers an exclusive and luxurious safari experience in the heart of Malawi’s premier wildlife destination.

The raised dining area overlooks a lagoon.

Kaya Mawa (nights 9, 10, 11 & 12)

Kaya Mawa is a luxury beach lodge based on Likoma Island in Lake Malawi. Set on a south facing crescent beach on Likoma Island  in Lake Malawi. 

The lodge has been hand built by the islanders and designed to fit into the environment whilst maximising views and lake access.

The interiors have been designed and many of them created by a local workshop. All the luxurious rooms have lake access and/or a private plunge pool.

Kaya Mawa was voted 3rd Best Beach Property in the Safari Awards 2013 and provides award-nominated food and service.

Kaya Mawa is also a recognised PADI resort and offers wonderful diving.

Likoma Island, surrounded by the pristine waters of Lake Malawi, is widely regarded as having the best diving on the Lake,  both in terms of the  diversity of fish species and their sheer abundance.

Kawa Mawa has the only kite surfing centre on Lake Malawi and with frequent early morning and afternoon breezes there is always the opportunity to get out there. There is kayaking, waterskiing, dinghy sailing on Lasers, and mountain biking to also keep you occupied.

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Wildebeast migration
Hippos wallowing
Canoeing on the Shire River
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